JOHANNESBURG – Construction on a new South Africa-built shipyard has started, and the shipyard will create about 1,000 jobs.
The South African National Shipping Corporation (Sansa) said the shipyards, which it said would be the largest in the country, were being constructed in KwaZulu-Natal province.
Sansabarzong Zangane and Zimbe construction company will build two ships, a light-water destroyer and an amphibious ship, according to Sansa.
The two ships will be delivered in 2021 and 2021-2022, respectively, Sansabardzong said.
“This is an important step forward in South Africa’s strategic shipbuilding programme,” Zangne said in a statement.
“Sansas South Africa shipbuilding project will have a positive impact on the state of South Africa and its future.”
It is not clear how much money the shipbuilding firm will be paid, but it has been estimated at more than $300 million.
The new shipyards will produce vessels for international clients such as France and China, according the South African Chamber of Shipping.
“The new South Africans shipbuilding initiative will help the country achieve its strategic objectives of boosting export growth, boosting domestic manufacturing and increasing South Africa as a leading exporter of high-tech goods,” SA Chamber of Commerce President, Jochen Ziegler, said in the statement.